What's News: June 6, 2017

The rocket blasted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The rocket blasted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Public sector to go green

The public sector will take the lead in a nationwide "go green" plan by using 15 per cent less electricity and 5 per cent less water by 2020, compared with 2013 levels, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. The efforts could also save about $62.5 million a year.


Move to cut packaging waste

Companies will have to disclose packaging data of their products by 2021 in a new move to cut packaging waste, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli announced yesterday. Products with reduced packaging will carry a logo, which will help consumers make informed purchasing choices.


India's space mission lifts off

India yesterday sent to space "Fat Boy", the heaviest rocket made in the country, and a communication satellite weighing over 3,136kg - the heaviest satellite launched from Indian soil. Experts said the launch was a breakthrough for India, which aims to become the fourth nation - after the United States, Russia and China - to send a manned mission into space.


Beware returning militants

The United States and Australia warned of the growing threat to South-east Asia from foreign fighters returning from the Middle East, saying a new tactic in Iraq and Syria was aimed at preventing foreigners from going home.


Trump's pivot to S-E Asia

It is ironic, but United States President Donald Trump's pragmatic administration - intent on pushing common interests, not values - may end up making more inroads for the US in South-east Asia than former president Barack Obama did in his eight years, says Thitinan Pongsudhirak.


Challenge in medical tourism

Singapore may still be among the region's best when it comes to medical tourism, but its neighbours are closing the gap swiftly.Their lower costs and quality care will not only lure medical tourists, but could also encourage their locals to stay home for treatment, say experts.


Faulty HIV test kits recalled

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has overseen the recall of 584 faulty HIV rapid screening kits, each containing 25 tests. HSA said up to 13,675 of the 20-minute tests could have been used. The test might give a false negative - telling infected patients they are free from HIV.


SGX watch list: 29 new names

Twenty-seven companies were added to the Singapore Exchange's (SGX) watch list yesterday for failing to meet the revised minimum trading price rule.

Two others were added for failing to meet separate financial entry criteria based on profitability.


S'pore loses, but bags bronze

Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu took their third consecutive bronze medal despite losing at the world championships yesterday.

Feng and Yu, the 11th seeds in the doubles competition, were beaten 6-11, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11 by Chinese pair Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng in the semi-finals.

The Singapore duo won the bronze at the 2013 and 2015 editions.



Boom in Chinese ink art

Chinese ink painting is alive and well in Singapore. There are at least five exhibitions at the moment, including three at the National Gallery Singapore.

Tomorrow, Chinese ink artist Tan Kee Sek (above), 66, will launch his solo exhibition at Ion Gallery in Ion Orchard.

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No hair affair

Pua Yee Tyng is one of the many brave souls who shaved their heads to show their support for children with cancer. str.sg/bravesouls


Under the sea

"It is a job that needs a man's strength," says Singapore's only female commercial diver Siti Naqiah Tusliman. str.sg/femalediver

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